Boycott L’Oréal, Maybelline, and Garnier brands over their Cancer causing ingredients
Its corporate hypocrisy in action: L’Oréal, the multinational cosmetic conglomerate, is promoting its contributions to the fight against ovarian cancer at the same time that it sells products containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reviewed the scientific literature and found a host of carcinogens, formaldehyde releasers and contaminants in products sold under the L’Oréal, Maybelline, and Garnier brands – all owned by L’Oréal. They’ve cross-referenced this research with authoritative bodies including the California Proposition 65 list of chemicals linked to cancer, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the National Toxicology Program
Across L’Oréal’s many brands, products like eye makeup, nail polish, and hair products (including kids’ shampoo) contain cancer-causing chemicals.
Reducing our daily exposure to carcinogens is a major way to protect your health and fight cancer. L’Oréal needs to get the message that it’s time to remove carcinogens from its products.
Safer alternatives exist for the carcinogens in L’Oréal’s products, and some companies, including Johnson & Johnson, have agreed to remove some chemicals of concern. If an industry leader like L’Oréal makes the decision to go carcinogen-free, it will help move the rest of the industry, removing a huge source of daily exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.
It’s time for L’Oréal to stop putting our health at risk by selling products with cancer-causing chemicals.
For decades, L’Oreal has used the tagline “Because I’m worth it.” According to L’Oreal’s website, this phrase epitomizes the brand by focusing on women: “It was about her self-confidence, her decision, her style.”
The best way to prioritize women’s health is to stop using chemicals linked to cancer in cosmetics. Ending our daily exposure to chemicals linked to cancer in shampoos, lotions, and makeup is a critically important step that individuals can take today to help prevent cancer.
For example, Maybelline’s iconic pink and green Great Lash mascara contains Quaternium 15, a chemical that releases formaldehyde to preserve the product.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found even more chemicals linked to cancer in a number of additional L’Oreal products found on store shelves:
Benzophenone-1 in L’Oreal Colour Riche and Maybelline Color Show nail polishes;
Carbon black in L’Oreal eye liner
Titanium dioxide (in inhalable form) in L’Oreal eye shadows and Maybelline blushes and pressed powders
Formaldehyde releasing preservatives
DMDM hydantoin in L’Oreal Kids shampoos
Imidazolidinyl urea in L’Oreal mascaras, eye shadows, and both L’Oreal and Maybelline brand eye liners
Diazolidinyl urea in facial toner, BB cream
Quaternium-15 in Maybelline Great Lash mascaras
In addition, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found four ingredients that are “most likely” contaminated with carcinogens:
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) which can be contaminated with PFOA in L’Oreal eye shadows and Garnier anti-aging
Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl ether which can be contaminated with PFOA in L’Oreal eye shadows
Polyacrylamide which can be contaminated with acrylamide in Garnier anti-aging products
Talc (in inhalable form) which can be contaminated with asbestiform fibers in L’Oreal eye shadows and Maybelline blushes and pressed powders
When it comes right down to it, L’Oreal refraining from using these chemicals just makes good business sense. After all, killing customers is a sure fire way to lower sales.